The first step to determining which ramp you need is identifying the equipment you'll be loading. A skid steer loader isn't going to need as heavy-duty of a ramp as one for a full-sized excavator. Some ramps are designed specifically to aid in the job that their respective equipment performs. Most ramps will work with many kinds of machinery, but you'll always want to confirm compatibility before driving heavy equipment on one. You'll also want to know the weight of your vehicle when determining what ramp you need.
Just as the equipment being loaded is a critical consideration, so is the vehicle you're loading your equipment onto. Trailers are usually lower to the ground than trucks, meaning you can get by with a shorter ramp, though longer ones are usually safer and more versatile.
Most standard-sized trucks will allow you to use short ramps, but you can always get a longer one. Using a longer ramp will make the slope less steep, so it may be easier for some machines to cross. Plus, the longer ramp will also work with lifted trucks. The higher up the truck bed sits, the more length you'll need from the ramp.
Once you've determined what the rest of your equipment looks like, finding the right ramp is a matter of application and specifications. The different types of ramps lend themselves best to specific situations and may or may not work with a wide variety of machines.
Think about how much assistance you'll have during the load. The more help you have, the better off you may be with a shorter ramp. The assistant can help direct you and ensure you stay on track. If you do not have a helper, using a longer ramp may be easier to work with. It can minimize the steepness of the angle, so you can move slower and more safely.
Whether you have help or not, safety requirements must be met. Here are some common safety items you may need:
Always follow safety measures outlined in your ramp manual, such as parking your truck on stable ground and not using a ramp with an angle that is too steep. Ensure operators are well-trained and stay alert at all times.
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